The Female Spectator, Volume 1

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Page 160 - THE pleafures which an agreeable fociety beflows, are indeed the moft elegant we can tafte -f but even that company we like beft would grow infipid and tirefome, were we to be for ever in it;, and to a perfon who knows how to think juftly, it would certainly be as great a mortification never to be alone, as to be always fo.
Page 5 - I should acquaint the Town, that to secure an eternal Fund of Intelligence, Spies are placed not only in all the Places of Resort in and about this great Metropolis, but at Bath, Tunbridge, and the Spaw, and Means found out to extend my Speculations even as far as France, Rome, Germany, and other foreign Parts, so that nothing curious or worthy of Remark can escape me...
Page 167 - Affliction. — To be able to reflect on our Misfortunes, goes a great way towards bearing them with that Fortitude which is becoming the Dignity of human Nature; but all have not Courage to do it, and those who have not would sink beneath the Weight of Grief, were they to indulge the Memory of what occasion 'd it.
Page 4 - ... worthy of so excellent a Wife, and with whom she lives in so perfect a Harmony, that having nothing to ruffle the Composure of her Soul, or disturb those sparkling Ideas she received from Nature and Education, left me no room to doubt if what she favoured me with would be acceptable to the Public. The next is a Widow of Quality, who not having buried her Vivacity in the Tomb of her Lord, continues to make one in all the modish Diversions of the Times, so far, I mean, as she finds them consistent...
Page 2 - I shall also acknowledge, that I have run through as many scenes of vanity and folly as the greatest coquet of them all. — Dress, equipage, and flattery, were the idols of my heart. — I should have thought that day lost, which did not present...
Page 6 - Care will be taken to avoid every thing that might serve as Food for the Venom of Malice and Ill-nature. Whoever, therefore, shall pretend to fix on any particular Person the Blame of Actions they may happen to find recorded here, or make what they call a Key to these Lucubrations, must expect to see themselves treated in the next Publication with all the Severity so unfair a Proceeding merits.
Page 7 - ... more evidently shews the ill Effects of writing in this manner is, that we often see Girls too young, either to be addressed to on the Score of Love, or even to know what is meant by the Passion, affect the Languishment they read of, — roll their Eyes, sigh, fold their Arms, neglect every useful Learning, and attend to nothing but acquiring the Reputation of being enough a Woman to know all the Pains and Delicacies of Love. Miss Tenderilla is one of those I have described: She was the other...
Page 1 - I, for my own part, love to get as well acquainted as I can with an author, before I run the risk of losing my time in perusing his work...
Page 259 - Some ladies have shewn a truly public spirit in rescuing the admirable, yet almost forgotten Shakspeare, from being totally sunk in oblivion: — they have contributed to raise a monument to his memory, and frequently honoured his works with their presence on the stage: — an action which deserves the highest encomiums, and will be attended with an adequate reward; since, in preserving the fame of the dead bard, they add a brightness to their own, which will shine to late posterity.
Page 166 - ... to folitude commenced : —if from childhood, and fo continued even to the extremeft old age, it can proceed only from a weaknefs in the mind, and is deferving our compaflion : but if from taking that fatisfaftion in.

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